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Coaching Education

How to Become a Licensed Coach


Starting your coaching licensure journey begins with Introduction to Grass Roots Coaching.

·         No cost

·         Takes about 20 minutes.

All Coaches (Rec and RA) should take this no-cost module that you can take anytime through the digital coach center (DCC) on the U.S. Soccer web page. CLICK HERE for a directly link to the Grassroots US Soccer page.

Create a DCC profile if you do not yet have one. If you have previously created a profile, CLICK HERE to go directly to the Digital Coaching Center log in page.

The Introduction to Grassroots Coaching takes only 20 minutes to complete and provides foundational information about coaching soccer. When you complete the course, please let us know by taking a screen shot of your completion certificate or paid receipt and sending to [email protected].

Recreation coaches have the option to take the online 4v4, 7v7, 9v9 or 11v11 training which can be accessed through your DCC portal under Online Courses. The cost is $25 and is reimbursable by Stafford Soccer.

Academy coaches are required to take one of the online grassroots courses (4v4, 7v7, 9v9 or 11v11) and one in person grassroots course (4v4, 7v7, 9v9 or 11v11).

If coaches consider progressing on to the USSF education pathway to the D license (next license after grassroots), you will need to take ONE of the online grassroots courses and TWO of the in-person grassroots courses, one of which must be 11v11. These courses are reimbursable by Stafford Soccer as well.

Our state association, VYSA does provide some of the in person courses, CLICK HERE to access their schedule. Or you can utilize the search mechanism under “In-Person Courses” on your DCC page. Costs for the In-Person modules are set by the club hosting.

Should Stafford Soccer schedule an in person grassroots course, notification will be sent at least 2 weeks in advance of the date of the course.

Log on to or create your profile to register for courses on the Digital Coaching Center (DCC).

Please note that the F and E licenses are no longer available based on the changes put forth by US Soccer. 


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235 Garrisonville Rd.Suite 101 Stafford VA 22554 
Stafford, Virginia 22554

Email Us: [email protected]
Phone : 540-657-0734
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